Black & White Paintings
The Significant Gesture: The Black and White Series
The series, by artist Josephine Barreiro, presents her exploration of emotion and intention through gesture. Gestures are a form of nonverbal communication in which visible bodily actions are used to communicate important messages. Gestures are represented by a movement or position of the hand, arm, body, head, or face. They express thought, intention, emotion and have meaning. Barreiro’s figures, be they human or animal, convey both emotional and visual responses to life’s experiences and interactions. It is important to recognize that it's our nonverbal communication, our gestures and posture, that speak the loudest.